Tag Archives: 1970

Mitcham Building Society

Building society that was at number 173 London Road, CR4 2JB, on the corner with Downe Road.

According to the Building Societies Association Handbook (pdf), the Mitcham Building Society merged with the South Metropolitan Permanent in July 1977 to form the Mitcham & Metropolitan. It also had a branch at 38 Stafford Road, Wallington, SM6 9AA. Transfer was then made to the Sussex County in April 1986.

c. 1987 clip from Merton Memories photo reference Mit_​7_​1-93 copyright London Borough of Merton

Established 1883 according to this account book from 1970:

Account book with a start date of January 1970

Barry Hopkins

Described in the Mitcham News & Mercury as aged 19, singer from Mount Road, Mitcham.

He visited Pye Records in March 1970 to promote his single.

Pop singer visits record factory

Barry Hopkins, the 19-year-old Mitcham singer, visited Pye Records Ltd., Western Road, Mitcham, recently to help promote his debut disc, “Love Ya, Want Ya, Need Ya.“

The record, which is being published on a Sparks label and being distributed by Pye, sold over 2,000 records in one week. Sales have now reached the 3,000 plus mark.

During this month he will be doing a television programme in the Channel Islands and will also be doing cabaret there for an evening.

While in Liverpool recently he did two radio shows, one for Radio Merseyside and the other for European Services.

During February Barry made three appearances at the Tower, Blackpool where critics compared his talent to that of such accomplished artists as Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard.

His record, which people are predicting as a chart buster, is also doing well in Germany.

Barry, who lives in Mount Road, has always wanted to be in show business. He was spotted by Herbert Wilcox, while playing Kipps in the Wimbledon Players’ production of “Half a Sixpence.”

He was then put in touch with Ben Lyon, who is now his agent and manager, and things have just snowballed for him ever since. All his fans will be pleased to know that work is to begin shortly on a follow-up record.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 13th March, 1970

List of records by Barry Hopkins.

He died of cancer in January 2014, aged 64. For more on his career see on this pantomine blog (scroll down to 9th January 2014 entry).

Chrome Print Ltd.

Eveline Road from 1956, then moved to Bond Road

Silk screen printers

Lithographic and photographic printers and bookbinders

Moved to Coulsdon in 1980s – according to a person on the Facebook Mitcham History group.

Adverts from British Newspaper Archive

FEMALE STAFF rqd. by printers for their new premises opening shortly in Mitcham. (1) Staff vacancy for photographic section: some previous experience essential: work would entail retouching.
(2) Label puncher.
(3) Machine feeder.


Norwood News – Friday 10 August 1956

YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS aged between 18 and 30 years for interesting and well paid work in Mitcham area; no previous experience rqd. but applicants should be active and intelligent and capable of doing fine work; 42 hour week. plus overtime. Why not apply for interview?
This may be the job you are looking for.

Norwood News – Friday 17 June 1960

Ad for staff in January 1970:

Text of ad:

Chrome Print
of Mitcham
have a variety of
interesting jobs



17/35 years of age for clean, interesting work, 40-hour
week, overtime available. Time-keeping bonus
and choice of extra bonus.


about 18 years of age for Stores work and training
on guillotine.

Male and Female assistants for
Must be accurate at measurements.


Preferably with experience of Photo-mechanical work.

Chrome Print Ltd., Bond Road, Mitcham

Tel: 648 5251

News Articles
Mitcham and Tooting Advertiser, 10th March, 1961

No girls

MiICHAM factories are facing a shortage of girl labour.
Today’s youngsters prefer the office to the machine shop, they

One firm is Chrome Print Ltd., quality colour printers of Eveline Road.

They have a bright, modern factory with good working conditions but they find difficulty in getting young factory girls.

A firm’s spokesman said this week: “We have always had this problem. The type of girl suitable is between 17 and 30 prepared to stay with us permanently. But they don’t seem toexist in Mitcham.”

Mitcham’s Youth Employment Officer, Mr. G. Ellis, said it was an old problem.

“Girls today would rather work in an office,” he said.
“They think that factory work is beneath them.”

Chrome Print’s products range from colour display cards, packages and labels for cosmetic firms, to brochures and illustrated literature,

They have factories in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, U.S.A., and Italy.

They pride themselves on their fine line printings and gloss lettering.

1970 Families flee gas plant blasts

From the Daily Express, 24th September, 1970

EXPLOSIONS roared through a gas bottling plant last night – and the bangs could be heard over half of London.

From Middlesex to Farnborough, Kent, people were roused by the blasts. The glow from the flames could be seen in Putney.

THE BLASTS at the plant in Church Road, Mitcham, hurled pieces of molten cylinders high in the air.

No one was injured but 100 firemen who raced to the scene from all over South London faced the hazard of a broken gas supply main.


They quickly brought a fierce fire in the two-storey factory itself under control, however. Fifty families were evacuated from houses most closely affected. A police spokesman said more might have to be moved from a nearby council estate.

THE SOUND of the explosions were heard as far away as Epsom, Wandsworth, and Bromley.

Streets around the area were littered with chunks of gas canisters, several of which were hurled over 300 yds, and lay hissing in the streets while firemen doused them with foam.

Mr Brian Courtney, an ambulanceman in Caterham 10 miles away, said : “The sky was bright red lighting up everything for miles.”

AT 1 A.M. gas cylinders were still exploding. An adjoining factory was badly damaged and neighbouring shopfronts were blown in.

Tesco, London Road

286 London Road, CR4 3NB

The Tesco supermarket was opened around 1970 on the ground floor of Deseret House, London Road.

When it was announced by Tesco that this supermarket was to close, local MP Siobhain McDonagh wrote to the chief executive. Tesco then agreed to open a smaller ‘express’ store next door, in the building called Standor House. This store has the words ‘Established 2005’ written on the front, top left of its banner. See Google StreetView below.

The Tesco Express closed on 5th November 2016.

Photos on Merton Memories
c. 1970

1970 Rutted footpath of Moffat Gardens

From the Mitcham News & Mercury
16th January, 1970

A RUTTED footpath fronting properties in Moffat Gardens, Mitcham, badly needs repairing – but no one has yet been able to agree who should finance the work.

The trustees of five of the eight houses in Moffat Gardens recently suggested that Merton Council might improve the foot-path which runs from Church Road.

“We would be willing to contribute £10 per property towards the cost of such work,” the trustees have told the council. Interested departments of the council ought to finance the rest of the work, the trustees thought.

It was felt the education committee might have an interest in seeing the path put in order as it led on to a side entrance way to Benedict Junior School.

And the housing committee should have an interest in making good the path as they managed three properties which had been acquired in Moffat Gardens by Merton Council.

Merton Borough surveyor, Mr. C. H. French, had indicated that work to this footpath could not be undertaken by the council as highway authority. But he suggested improvements mights be carried out if the trustees, the housing committee and the education committee — in respect of schoolchildren using the footpath — contributed on a proportionate basis.

Chief Education Officer, Mr, Ronald Greenwood, reported, however, that it appeared that only children actually residing in Moffat Gardens would need to use this footpath.

And so the education committee have backed a resolution by their general purposes
sub-committee that “in view of the comparatively small use made of this footpath by schoolchildren, the sub-committee feel unable to contribute towards the cost of improvement works.”

The housing committee views on the matter are expected next week.